Turkey against military strike on Iran

2011-11-12 22:06

Istanbul - Turkey is against any military strike on Iran, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Saturday, warning that speculation risked destabilising the region.

"We do not think it is right even to talk of possible military intervention in the region... We are against such intervention and believe it would create more instability," Anatolia news agency quoted Davutoglu as saying in Ankara.

"It is unacceptable that countries suspected of having nuclear weapons cause new tensions in our region," Davutoglu said, referring to Israel.

His comments came amid speculation that Israel could launch a strike on Iran with President Shimon Peres warning last weekend that an attack was becoming "more and more likely".

Tehran responded by threatening to hit back against any attack or even the threat of military action.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), meanwhile, made its hardest-hitting assessment yet about Iran's suspected nuclear weapons drive.

"It is necessary to eliminate nuclear weapons not only in this or that country, but in the whole region," Davtoglu added.

The Turkish foreign minister called on both Iran and the UN atomic agency to be "clear and open" in their allegations and responses.

  • Dirk - 2011-11-13 05:52

    I dont think that Turkey has any say in this matter. They would certainly not accept responsibility for Israels security. On the contrary--- God bless Israel and its people!

  • Dayaan - 2011-11-13 08:01

    Turkey as gateway between Mid-East and Europe has every right to comment as to security within the region. When a known nuclear power threatens a suspected nuclear power then the whole region has an interest in what is taking place. The security of the area is dependent not on any single nation but upon all nations in the area collectively, so if one nation threatens to attack another nation on suspicion of developing nuclear weapons then it creates a bigger problem since it has been proven before that WMD was a myth and a ruse to attack a nation not to long ago and after many years no WMD was found.

      Dirk - 2011-11-13 09:18

      If you are insinuating that the WMD in Iraq was a myth,then you are very mistaken. Its presence in Iraq was known to the international intelligence community, also the enemy of the USA. They(WMD) was removed and removed to Syria just prior to the US invasion.So, with the odd exception or biased observer, as we see here,all know it.

      Dayaan - 2011-11-13 11:00

      Dirk are you saying that General Colin Powell who attained the rank of a four star general and had the highest rank in the US military as head of the joint chief of staff and also held the position of Secretary of State is a liar and that you Dirk a nobody from S.A. knows more than him. Please read his memoirs as to the war in Iraq you can find it at the US library of Congress

      Dirk - 2011-11-13 11:51

      Dayaan- What you think of me and what Colin Powell said in public (for political reasons)is of no concern to me. In fact, from what you have uttered here, if I irritate you, excellent. What I said above, is however fact- believe it or not, your choice.

      Dayaan - 2011-11-13 12:06

      Dirk you are the one that feels irritated since you cannot handle the fact that a respected person such as General Collin Powell stood up for the principles that has guided him his whole life and told Blabbering Bush that he is a liar and that you yourself cannot give any thread of evidence to prove otherwise. Even the Israeli military respect him as a man of integrity and principles. All you have is hearsay by certain elements in the Israeli Lobby and Zionists intent on domination.

  • Barry - 2011-11-13 09:35

    Dirk. I thought you worked with this "stuff". If you did you would know that Turkey is probably the only Muslim/Arab country that Israel can say is an ally. I really suggest Israel takes not of what Turkey says on this matter.

      Dayaan - 2011-11-13 10:39

      Barry, Dirk only thinks he knows what is going on there. General Colin Powell resigned because of the misinformation about WMD that was spread and that they used him to talk about it at the UN. In his memoirs he said he felt totally betrayed by the intelligence community that he worked with his whole life that they could fabricate such lies. Dirk would probably contend that General Colin Powell doesn't know what he is talking, an officer who attained the highest rank in the US military as head of the joint chiefs of staff. Turkey is not the only ally that Israel has in the region there is Jordan and of course Egypt although relations are strained with two of its allies ie. Turkey and Egypt, Jordan has also expressed reservations as to attacking Iran. The US has stated that Israel has to stop alienating its neighbors with its actions since the Arab Spring could bring peace to Israel it is totally dependent on Israeli actions. So Israel should take note of its allies feelings since it is the only ones it have at present in the region.

      Dirk - 2011-11-13 12:00

      An ally? Having diplomatic relations, as with Egypt, does not make it an ally. You will remember that Turkey recalled its ambassador to Israel in protest to Israel handling of the protest flotilla.Personally, I thought Israel handled them quite well- I would have sunk them. Dont be naive and believe everything you see and read. In reality, more often than not, its very different. God bless Israel, and if you have any doubt about which God, feel free to ask, but I suspect you know.

      Dayaan - 2011-11-13 12:53

      Wow your ignorance amazes me Netanyahu himself admitted that Israel only have 3 allies within the region. In 2001 the Arab League offered Israel full recognition in return for an independent Palestine this was rejected by Israel - Tzipi Livni in a recent letter to J-Street said that she hopes that the current Israeli leadership seize the opportunity and get to accept the Arab Peace Initiative for full recognition of Israel which they have left on the table for many years now but has not been accepted by the liar Netanyahu. Of course now you will call Tzipi Livni an Anti-Semite. As to the God of the Jews are you referring to the one whose name they are not allowed to mention in fear that they might blaspheme it, their own Torah condemns them for this even the Bible says that only those calling on His name will be saved. Jesus (may peace be upon him) also reportedly said that those calling on the name of God will be saved. Unfortunately the Jews says no we can't mention the name of God. Jesus (may peace be upon him) told the Jews of his time that God has rejected them since they placed their traditions ahead of the laws of God.

      Lila - 2011-11-13 13:04

      Israel doesnt need the support of any nation. Infact, biblical prophecy declares that every single nation will turn against Israel and that God will fight for them. Who needs nations when you have God on your side? Israel - you have my support.

      Dayaan - 2011-11-13 13:13

      @LilaHearst which biblical prophesy are you refering to. It is a well documented fact that their is no original copies of the Bible or even the Torah available to reference against. Even one of the languages that the Bible was originally written in Aramaic is no longer spoken so how truthful is this prophecy that you are quoting. It is also a well documented fact that changes has been made over the centuries to suit who ever was in control.

      Barry - 2011-11-13 16:47

      @Dayaan. Yes. Discussing with the likes of Dirk is like pulling teeth very painful. I respect their point of view even though they have never been to Israel/Palestine Turkey or even Saudi Arabia like I have and I think you may have traveled around the middle east as well. I think their views would be different if they had been there. Unfortunately they have the bible as a crutch to justify any bad thing Israel/USA does. So very one sided The issue is not one sided.

  • hanif.mirhoseini - 2011-11-13 14:01

    @ lila: German soldiers during WWII were claiming that god is fighting on their side...every body claims that god is on his side when in a war... but as napoleon says: God fights on the side with the best artillery!

      Barry - 2011-11-13 16:35

      And look what happened to Napoleon. Not good person to admire I'm afraid.

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